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Natasha Bamberger, always and forever legendary. (Dawnelle Conlisk photos)

Almost four decades, and no one has touched them.

The oldest marks on the Coupeville High School track and field record board were set 39 seasons ago, back in 1984 by five-time state champ Natasha Bamberger.

All these years, and athletes later, her marks in the 1600 and 3200 still stand, two of six records which still tower from the Greed is Good decade.

The ’80s are still repped on the big board in the entrance to the CHS gym, thanks to Bamberger, Chad Gale (long jump, 110 hurdles, and 300 hurdles), and the boys’ 4 x 100 relay unit.

Meanwhile, four records set in the ’90s endure, thanks to Jennie Cross (shot put, discus), Allyson Barker (triple jump), and Yashmeen Knox (high jump).

In an enduring quirk, Knox and Rich Wilson, who set the boys’ record in the high jump in 2000, remain the only husband/wife duo to both appear on the board.

While a handful of long-term records remain in place, the most recent additions to the record book came in the 2019 season, when 10 of 35 marks were toppled.

The pandemic prevented anyone from competing in 2020, and the past two springs, while full of individual and team success, didn’t produce any new school records.

With a new season kicking off next week, which direction will 2023 take?

Only time will tell.

The best track and field marks in Coupeville High School history.

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Tim Ursu, making ’em miss. (Helen Strelow photo)

The only record that matters is the win/loss record.

Sure, that’s true, to a point.

But individual and team stat marks are important as well, particularly to bloggers who get strong page hit numbers when they write about said records.

So, compromise a bit, hardliners. Or don’t read this story.

Your choice.

Either way, as the Coupeville High School football team preps for its first state playoff game in 32 years, some of us are taking a moment to look at what records have fallen, or may fall, during this gridiron campaign.

So far, we have one change on the big board, with junior quarterback Logan Downes having broken a three-way tie for most touchdown passes in a single game.

Previously, Wolf QB’s Corey Cross (1971), Brad Sherman (2001), and Hunter Downes (2016) jointly held the record with four scoring heaves.

That changed, however, with Logan Downes putting the ball into his receiver’s hands, and watching five different Wolves hit paydirt during a 78-0 rout of a downtrodden La Conner squad.

Like it. Love it. Hate it.

It’s a record, and stands forever, or at least until another Wolf gunslinger comes along and peppers a defense for six TD’s.

Logan Downes limbers up his touchdown-tossing arm. (Brenn Sugatan photo)

Moving forward, Coupeville has between one and four games left to play this season, depending on how the postseason works out.

Saturday’s matchup with Onalaska, set to kickoff at 4 PM at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium, is guaranteed.

After that, the 12-team 2B football playoffs are single-elimination, so win and play on, lose and start thinking about basketball.

While it’s always possible a Wolf goes off and shatters single-game marks like Ian Barron’s 320-yard rushing effort from 1998, Gabe Eck’s 403-yard passing performance from 2015, or Scott McMartin’s 27-tackle night from 1981, here’s what seems likely to be in play.




Passing TD’s:

Joel Walstad (18) – 2014

Logan Downes (17) – 2022


Receiving TD’s:

Hunter Smith (11) – 2016

Tim Ursu (7) – 2022


Rushing TD’s:

Ian Barron (16) – 1998

Dominic Coffman (10) – 2022
Scott Hilborn (9) – 2022



Steve Konek (7) – 1986
Dan Neider (7) – 1986
Hunter Smith (7) – 2015

Logan Downes (3) – 2022



Nick Streubel (10) – 2013

Scott Hilborn (6) – 2022




Passing TD’s:

(20) – 2014

Joel Walstad (18)
Wiley Hesselgrave (1)
CJ Smith (1)


(18) – 2022

Logan Downes (17)
Chase Anderson (1)


Receiving TD’s:

(20) – 2014

Josh Bayne (10)
Wiley Hesselgrave (6)
Ryan Griggs (3)
CJ Smith (1)


(18) – 2022

Tim Ursu (7)
Daylon Houston (3)
Dominic Coffman (2)
Scott Hilborn (2)
Chase Anderson (1)
Hunter Bronec (1)
Henry Ohme (1)
Aiden O’Neill (1)


Rushing TD’s:

(26) – 2014

Josh Bayne (15)
Lathom Kelley (5)
Joel Walstad (4)
Wiley Hesselgrave (1)
Chance Kleinfelter (1)


(24) – 2022

Dominic Coffman (10)
Scott Hilborn (9)
Johnny Porter (3)
Logan Downes (1)
Tim Ursu (1)



(22) – 1996

Nick Sellgren (7)
Joey Biller (4)
Bill Marti (3)
Rich Morris (3)
Jason Sechrist (3)
Justin Thiesen (2)


(17) – 2022

Scott Hilborn (6)
Dominic Coffman (3)
Peyton Caveness (2)
Josh Upchurch (2)
Jonathan Valenzuela (2)
Coen Killian (1)
Mikey Robinett (1)

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Bob Rea, the strikeout king of Snakelum Point. (Photo courtesy Rea)

Records are set to be broken.

You only have to look as far as the big board for track and field which sits just inside the entrance of the Coupeville High School gym.

Over the years, all-time greats such as Jon Chittim, Makana Stone, and Virgil Roehl set marks which seemed untouchable.

And yet, over time, most of those accomplishments have been surpassed, a testament to hard work, changes in training, and maybe all those hormones in the milk.

Yes, a few marks have endured decades — there are still records from the ’80s up there — and it’s the same in every sport.

Will anyone ever touch Ian Barron’s nearly-untouchable rushing records on the CHS football board?

Unlikely, but hey, once upon a time, we thought no one would reach Chad Gale’s receiving marks, and yet Hunter Smith eventually did.

It’s the same with volleyball records set by big-timers like Hailey Hammer and Mindy Horr and others.

They seem untouchable … until they aren’t.

There are at least three CHS records, though, which have endured for at least five decades, which would seem to make them truly untouchable.

However, I would argue that only one mark from that trio is truly safe.

The first two come from basketball, where Jeff Stone torched the nets for the single-game (48 points) and single-season (644) scoring records in 1970.

Working without the three-point line, the Wolf senior led Coupeville to the state tourney for the first time in school history, one hard-earned bucket at a time.

Over the past 50 years, no one has come even remotely close to the season mark, with the second-best individual season belonging to Jeff Rhubottom in 1977-1978.

And he scored 459 points, almost 200(!) points shy of what Stone threw down.

But, I would argue, neither record is truly safe.

With the three-point explosion in full bloom, the single-game record is begging to be topped, and even the season mark (while much safer) isn’t untouchable.

Hawthorne Wolfe had back-to-back games of 34 and 33 points this winter as a sophomore, and he’s only going to get stronger, quicker, and more confident.

Paired with the explosive Xavier Murdy, who also has two seasons left, the duo are primed to go on a scoring bender.

Will they make history? We’ll see.

Wolf legends from Mike Bagby to Pete Petrov to Randy Keefe to current CHS coach Brad Sherman all made runs at Stone’s marks, but couldn’t get there.

But it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

Which brings us to the one record I will stand behind as truly untouchable.

In the spring of 1964, Bob Rea, then a CHS junior, rang up 27 strikeouts across 16 innings in a 2-1 win at Darrington.

Look at those numbers for a second, remember that the opposing pitcher, Brian Mount, also tossed 16 innings, and then go look at the modern-day pitch-count rules which govern Washington state baseball.

It’s the record which will never, ever, ever, fall.

The game was played on a dusty field made up entirely of sand and gravel.

Train tracks slashed through left field, and any ball hitting said tracks was “fair game … you got as many bases as you could touch.”

“I can still see Ray Harvey, our left fielder, looking both ways before he stepped out on the tracks to recover a well-hit ball,” Rea remembered during a 2016 interview.

With an arm made strong by hucking rocks at Snakelum Point, Rea never thought about coming out of the game that day. That’s how you played in 1964.

He would keep on throwing through four seasons of college ball, after missing his senior season at CHS with a broken leg.

Rea was also a top-flight quarterback and one of the more-proficient scorers in Wolf basketball history, but his time on the baseball diamond is what will live the longest in Coupeville lore.

So why do I think his record is the one CHS mark which is truly untouchable?

Because a modern-day pitcher would have to be nearly flawless, while getting no run support, to make a run at Rea’s mark.

High school games in Washington state are seven inning affairs, so even if a hurler struck out every single hitter he faced, he’d still need at least two extra innings to reach 27 K’s.

To break the record, that 28th whiff would come no earlier than the 10th inning (our third extra frame), and, long before then, our pitcher would run into the biggest roadblock.

In 1964, you could pitch until your arm fell off, if your coach let you. Then you could duct-tape your arm back on, and keep on flingin’ heat.

In 2020, WIAA guidelines limit hurlers to no more than 105 pitches in a single day.

Go one over that, and the offending coach is imprisoned for 20 to life in the gulag. Or something close.

With three strikes to a hitter, you’d need 84 strikes minimum to get to that 28th K, while getting a strike on at least 80% of your allotted pitches, and heaven forbid if you needed a 106th pitch to break the record.

All while your team didn’t score a single run.

And that’s the bare minimum needed.

Toss in any walks or hits or errors, and your pitcher’s margin of error to reach 28 K’s becomes about .0000000000009.

So, we go back to the basketball court, where a three-point marksman could get hot (really hot) and catch Stone’s 48-point night.

I’ve personally witnessed a Coupeville player hit as many as 10 three-balls in a JV game, and eight in a varsity tilt, so while 17 treys in a night isn’t likely, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

But 28 strikeouts in one game under modern-day rules?

Never gonna happen. Like never, ever, ever.

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Nick Streubel hangs out with the parental units at an earlier game. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

Nick Streubel went all the way to Missouri to deliver a beat-down.

The Coupeville High School grad and his mates on the offensive line blew up everyone in sight Saturday, as Central Washington University shattered school records left and right in a 74-28 drubbing of host Southwest Baptist.

The non-conference victory lifts “The Big Hurt” and the Wildcats to 8-2 on the season.

Central closes the regular season next Saturday, Nov. 10 at home in Ellensburg.

Beat Azusa Pacific for the second time and the Wildcats (7-0 in league play) would complete a second-straight undefeated march through the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

After that, Central should return to the NCAA DII football playoffs. Last season the ‘Cats fell 34-31 in an overtime classic to eventual national champion Texas A&M-Commerce.

Saturday, playing across the country in Bolivar, MO, Central, with Streubel and his fellow linemen clearing the way, shattered several rushing records.

The Wildcats set new marks for rushing touchdowns (nine), yards (514) and yards per rushing play (9.3 yards).

Central also broke its record for total touchdowns in a game, tacking on a touchdown pass and a pick six to turn things up to 11.

Overall, the ‘Cats piled up 667 yards of offense, which is third-best in school history.

Surprisingly, one record which didn’t fall Saturday was for total points, as Central scored 75 against Fort Lewis back in 2002.

Streubel, a three-sport star, urban legend and internet phenom back in his Coupeville days, is a red-shirt junior at CWU. He was an All-Region pick for his play on the offensive line last year.

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Lindsey Roberts, doin’ work. (Photos by JohnPhotos.net)

No pressure, Lindsey Roberts, but this is your year.

In much the same way last year was about Hunter Smith making a run at claiming all the records, the 2018-2019 school year is set up to be the Year of Lou.

Even after dealing with an injury which cost him half his senior season, Smith graduated owning seven CHS football records.

He followed that up by burning up the nets, finishing his basketball career as the 11th highest scorer in Wolf boys basketball history.

While baseball stats are a trickier thing to track in the world of Cow Town sports, Smith put a cap on things by being named Olympic League MVP and helping lead the Wolves to their second conference crown in three years.

He was one of the best we’ve ever seen in a Coupeville uniform, and Roberts, a senior this year, is much the same.

Her parents, Jon and Sherry, are both former CHS Athlete of the Year winners.

Uncle Jay? Still on the school’s track record board 30+ years after graduation, a board where his niece appears three times already.

Lindsey’s cousins Madeline and Ally were stars, her grandfather Sandy a living legend, but Lou is primed to pass them all.

More than any other active athlete at CHS, she is within striking distance of breaking, tying or making a run at records – and in every one of her three sports.

So, here’s what to keep an eye on as the new school year unfolds:



Admittedly, this is the one which would be most difficult for her to accomplish.

Mia Littlejohn holds the CHS girls soccer career scoring record with 35 goals, and Kalia Littlejohn was hot on her heels with 33 through her first three seasons.

With Kalia opting not to play as a senior, Mia’s record gets a reprieve, and Roberts inherits the mantle as the leading active scorer for the Wolves.

She has 13 goals, notching six apiece the past two seasons after tallying a lone goal as a freshman.

Making that more impressive, she’s done so while playing almost exclusively as a defender, albeit one blessed with a cannon for a leg.

It’s more likely Genna Wright, who torched the nets for 10 goals as a freshman last year, will be the one ultimately coming for the record.

Still, you can’t discount the offensive fireworks Roberts can launch, even if she’s doing it from half a field away.



With a season to play, Roberts sits 36th all-time on the Wolf girls scoring chart with 298 points, and has increased her point totals each year.

She tossed in 54 as a frosh (good for #6 on the squad), raised that to 83 as a sophomore (#4), then soared to 161 as a junior, which topped the team.

While it’s unlikely she’ll catch Brianne King (1549), Zenovia Barron (1270) or Makana Stone (1158) atop the charts, Roberts still stands a very good chance of making a run at the top 20.

She stands 102 points away from becoming the 23rd Wolf girl to crack 400 career points, and a repeat of her 161-point junior year performance would carry her to #18 on the all-time list.



Roberts final prep season could be her greatest moment.

She enters her senior season having already claimed five state meet medals – a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th – and is one of only 10 Wolves, and one of only four girls, across 118 years, to pile up that kind of hardware.

Within her reach? Exiting as the most-decorated CHS female track athlete in school history.

If Roberts wins at least one medal next spring, and she has done so in each of her three previous seasons, she breaks a tie with Yashmeen Knox and rises to tie Natasha Bamberger.

Two medals, she joins Makana Stone with seven, or match her freshman total of three, and she finishes with eight, trailing only Tyler King (11) and Kyle King (10).

Roberts came dangerously close to winning a state title in the hurdles as a junior, nipped at the end by Lillian Kirry, a sophomore from Chewelah.

If she can return the favor next spring, Roberts would be the first Wolf to win a state title in any sport since Tyler King wore the 1A boys cross country crown in 2010.

So, buckle in, keep an eye on the stats and prepare for eight months of excitement — the Year of Lou begins.

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